China: Trade and Investment Profile
From the strife-ridden rule of Mao to the booming economic prosperity of today, China’s transformation from abject poverty to emerging superpower has been nothing short of remarkable. Yet, for a nation that gave the world inventions such as paper, gunpowder, the compass and printing, this rise should not really be surprising. Rich in history, and proud in its culture, embraced by both mountains and the sea, and abounding in all of nature’s magnificence, the country continues to grow. The world is witnessing the reemergence of a submerged giant.
The challenge for China now is to attract the right kind of investment as it strives to rebalance its economy, improve the environment, and move up the value chain. As a result, recent FDI strategies have taken a more selective approach, to attract environmentally sustainable, energy efficient, and technologically advanced industries. As befits its economic global rank China is providing a level playing field for all firms, domestic or foreign alike.
China has been quite open for FDI in almost all manufacturing and most service industries. But China has been circumspect in its gradual approach to liberalization to synchronize it with the development of institutional capacity. Arguably, this has served China well to weather the financial crisis. Looking into the near future there may be a case for further liberalisation of backbone services such as finance and telecommunication.
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